Androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness is a common type of hair loss that most men experience at some point. One can take 15-25 years to go bald; however, it can be faster. Hair first starts receding at the temples and on the crown. Gradually, a bald patch develops in the middle of the scalp. The bald spot on the crown and thinning sides slowly enlarge then join, leaving the front patch.
Eventually, the front patch thins also. Usually, a rim of hair is left on the sides and back of the scalp. But for some men, the rim of hair also recedes, eventually resulting in complete baldness. At NSS Dermatology PLLC, we’re an established practice with a focus on dermatology health care. We provide reliable Midtown hair loss diagnosis and treatment for different disorders.
Signs of Male Pattern Baldness
The most obvious symptom is hair loss, which can occur in various patterns. Hair loss caused by male pattern baldness may happen gradually. You might not experience hair loss for years, then suddenly you see your scalp in the mirror when your hair is wet, or when there's an overly bright light in the room.
When Should You Visit Your Doctor?
If you suspect you might have male pattern baldness, the best time to consult your doctor is as soon as you notice a receding hairline, thinning crown, or diffuse thinning. Without seeking treatment for male pattern baldness, any hair loss experienced becomes permanent. Going to see a specialist as soon as possible allows you to start treatment early to avoid any further loss or slow down the process.
Male Pattern Baldness Treatment
There are various treatment options for male pattern baldness. For instance, because hormones cause androgenic alopecia, one effective treatment is blocking the hormones from affecting your hairline further. Also, if your hair loss is advanced, it can be restored through a hair transplant surgery.
Approved medications by the FDA for treating hair loss include minoxidil, a topical drug that promotes new hair growth in the follicles. Minoxidil stimulates the hair follicles into the growth phase, thus increasing blood flow to the hair and aiding in the transportation of important nutrients to the hair follicles.
Another FDA approved drug is finasteride. This is an oral medication that stops the production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Hair loss occurs when hair follicles become sensitive to DHT. DHT is made by an enzyme in testosterone called 5-alpha reductase. Finasteride inhibits the production of 5-alpha reductase. According to research, finasteride can lower the levels of DHT by 71.4 percent. This helps to stop hair loss, especially when the medication is taken daily. In addition, finasteride can lead to the gradual regrowth of ‘lost’ hair.
Reliable Hair Loss Treatment
Hair loss can be quite frustrating for some men. Despite the creams, shampoos, and gadgets that claim to reverse or stop hair loss, there are only a few effective treatments for hair regrowth. Men seeking Midtown hair loss restoration can get help from our practice. We only offer proven and safe solutions. Give us a call today at 212-991-6490 to get started.